Song Lyric Sunday: “In My Merry Oldsmobile”

One of the things I strive for when I do one of these music posts is to come up with a slightly different angle on the theme, which today is “car/cars.” I went around and around with this one, initially coming up with “City Of New Orleans,” which doesn’t talk about automobiles but does talk about train cars. As I was preparing to use that, I had a sudden brainstorm, which is why today’s song is “In My Merry Oldsmobile.” It was written in 1905 by Gus Edwards and Vincent Bryan and recorded by the turn-of-the-century crooner Billy Murray.

Lyrics found here

Young Johnnie Steele has an Oldsmobile. He loves a dear little girl.
She is the queen of his gas machine. She has his heart in a whirl.
Now when they go for a spin, you know, she tries to learn his auto, so
He lets her steer while he gets her ear, and whispers soft and low;

Come away with me Lucile in my merry Oldsmobile
Down the road of life we’ll fly automo-bubbling you and I.
To the church we’ll swiftly steal, then our wedding bells will peal,
You can go as far you like with me, In my merry Oldsmobile.

They love to spark in the dark old park, as they go flying along,
She says she knows why his motor goes; his sparker’s awfully strong.
Each day they spoon to the engine’s tune, their honeymoon will happen soon,
He’ll win Lucile with his Oldsmobile and then he’ll fondly croon;

Come away with me Lucile in my merry Oldsmobile
Down the road of life we’ll fly automo-bubbling you and I.
To the church we’ll swiftly steal, then our wedding bells will peal,
You can go as far you like with me, In my merry Oldsmobile.

Evidently, the song also has a spoken word (in other words, a rap) verse as well, which isn’t on Murray’s record:

Come away Lucile ‘cause if I may Lucile I want to take you for my bride,
And we’ll chug along and always sing a song as down the road of life we fly
Even though my car is old and squeaky now it’s better than a horse or train.
When I pull the throttle out and put her into third you think you’re in a plane.
To the church we’re heading for a quiet wedding then I’ll crank her up and take the wheel
And away we’ll go my honey, they will know my honey that our love is real.
You can go as far you like with me, In my merry Oldsmobile,
My merry Oldsmobile.

As a bonus, here is a 1931 promotional film for the Olds Motor Works (makers of Oldsmobiles) that was produced by Max Fleischer Studios, with animation by Jimmy Culhane. Max Fleischer was a genius in the animation world, the creator of Koko the Clown, Betty Boop, and Popeye, and inventor of the “bouncing ball” method of directing singalongs in the theaters. So, follow the bouncing ball…

11 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday: “In My Merry Oldsmobile”

    1. It was done back in 1931, so I think it qualifies as an old cartoon… 😉 Max Fleischer was a genius. Watch his “Gulliver’s Travels” if you see it on TV or on one of the streaming services. Just amazing. We all look to Walt Disney for animation, but I don’t think there would have been Walt without Max.

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    1. Fleischer was an early genius in animation, and knew how to entertain. You look now and can see he didn’t mind pushing the envelope as far as being a little risque, too.

      I’m sure your dad would remember the song. I’ve heard it all my life, and we never owned Oldsmobiles…

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